Champlain Orchards Cidery: Mac & Maple
Cider: Mac & Maple
Cidery: Champlain Orchards Cidery
Origin: Shoreham, VT, USA
Color: Dark gold, clear
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Mac & Maple has a slight bite, as well as a little bit of tingling, upfront. Once that initial tingling subsides, a sweet apple flavor comes through, and that remains the dominant flavor until about halfway through the sip when it becomes secondary to a lemon flavor, as well as some dryness. That lemon flavor continues until the end of the sip, causing the cider to have a dry finish with a touch of acidity. The maple flavor alluded to in the cider’s name is only noticeable as an aftertaste: you can taste some maple along with the McIntosh apple flavor once you have swallowed. This is a light bodied, semi-dry cider with light carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this cider and found it to be quite tasty. With sweetness upfront and a dry finish, I found this cider to be very well balanced, which made it easy to drink. My one criticism is that I wish the maple flavor had been more pronounced; I was disappointed that I could only notice it as an aftertaste.
Upfront you’ll notice a sharp bite that quickly fades into its very distinct flavor profile.
It hits me in 2 waves after the first bite. First, I get that nice, sweet apple flavor. It’s not too sweet just like a regular McIntosh apple. Second, is that maple flavor. For me it comes in slowly after that apple flavor and lingers not just at the end, but well into the aftertaste. Quite easily my favorite aspect.
It has a light body and is not too carbonated. It is also relatively low in acidity and doesn’t sit too heavy in my stomach after drinking it.
It is sweet as you might expect from the name, but I think it hits the right notes. The apple and maple flavor hits that right balance with the body and acidity. The makers likely used the natural sweetness of the maple to help deliver that nice even balance.
I enjoyed this and could have a couple of these in a row before moving on. I think anyone who likes maple will enjoy it, but especially you Canadians and New Englanders